Your paper may be about any topic of your choice. However, you must run it by me before you begin.
Your paper must be at least 5 pages long but no more than 10. The font must be 12 Arial. Margins will be of normal size; 1" around on all sides.
You must use information from various sources. At least one from each of the following: book, encyclopedia, internet.
Your paper will be written in MLA format. There are many sources online. The following link will give you examples of how to cite authors in a text along with examples for Bibliography.
Choose a topic that is broad enough to be interesting but narrow enough to be manageable. (3/4)
Find your sources. Start with three or four, check their bibliographies for additional sources, and repeat the process until you have enough material to work with. (3/13)
Reserve one index card for each source. Record the bibliographic information for the source on its index card, and number each card for ease of future reference.(3/20)
Take reading notes on index cards, writing down only the material that is most relevant to your project. Write the source number on each card. (3/20)
Organize your index cards by topic and subtopic. (3/23)
Use the cards as a basis for an outline.(3/25)
Write an introduction that grabs the reader and plots out the trajectory of your argument. (3/27)
Write the body of the paper, following the structure you created in your outline. Be sure to cite sources. (4/3)
Write the conclusion, reviewing how you've made your points. (4/10)
Come up with a title after you've written the paper, not before: You don't want the content of the paper to be hamstrung by an inappropriate title. (Spring Break)
Read your paper at least twice to be sure your argument makes sense and is presented logically. (Spring Break) Peer editing!!(4/15)
Proofread carefully; teachers hate typographical errors. Use your word processor's spelling checker, but don't rely on it utterly. (4/17)
Don't leave such a difficult task to the last minute. Start early, and work gradually!!!